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In my household, we have a saying: "So. That happened." This saying gets put to use in those situations for which an explanation would be either unavailable or unilluminating. All I can say for the last month is, "So. That happened."

So here I am coming up for air and a look around. Thanksgiving? What? Wasn't I just kvetching about the last swim of the summer a few days ago? But so it is. 

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Some people climb Mount Everest. Some swim the English Channel. Some tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon. Some jump from perfectly good airplanes. These people generally have something in common: a really lame explanation for why they do what they do. "Because it was there." "Why not?" "To see if I could do it." Me, not so much of a danger fan. As in not at all.

And yet, on some level I do understand these people. Though my leisure pursuits don't require oxygen tanks, neoprene suits, steel cables, or parachutes, I understand the drive to accomplish something simply to see if I can do it. And, as a designer, my Everest, my English Channel, has always been creating a typeface.

There are lots of reasons I am nuts for type—the cases of pied type on the wall in my parents' print shop, my mother's amazing handwritten script, my early exposure to the brilliant graphic design of William van Hettinga and Gil Shuler (Charleston, represent!). Any of those factors would probably have resulted in a fascination with lettering and design. But I think the deal was sealed in 1985 when my parents brought home our first computer: a Macintosh 512K. With typefaces named after the world's great cities—Chicago, Geneva, Monaco, San Francisco—the sky seemed to be the limit. I was hooked. And, of course, in the go-go 90s, like so many others, I surely took my love of type too far. I've since learned that when the word "whimsical" is used to describe a typeface, that is almost always a bad thing.

With that in mind, I humbly present my first font, Easy Slant:

One of my favorite things about keeping a blog, and using it to make connections with other people, is that it puts me in touch with my most thankful self year-round. Because while you, lovely readers, have been amazingly warm when I have shared my low moments, let's face it: you don't tune in to read me whining. You tune in to feel happy for a minute or two. And here's the thing: when I force myself to see the world with an eye toward making other people happy, if only briefly and insignificantly, it makes me happier, too. You egg me on in my wild flights of fancy, and for that I'm infinitely grateful.

So. Thank you.

As a token of my gratitude for you, for your comments, your emails, your encouragement, and your patronage, I'm making Easy Slant available for free download here. This is by no means a professionally designed font, and it may not kern or track properly in some word processing applications. The technical aspects of font creation are not for the faint of heart, so your mileage may vary. You're free to use it in any non-commercial way you like.

***

There are more free fonts where this one came from, but for now I will be making them available only to people who're signed up for the Cottage Industrialist newsletter. The next issue will go out in early December and will include links to at least two more fonts. C'mon! Everybody loves a joiner!

Happy Thanksgiving. I have much for which to be thankful, and I am grateful to you, o blogland, for helping me to realize that.

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Reader Comments (20)

I love it! Thank you! (and welcome back, it's good to see you)

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAna

Cameron, what a lovely font! Love the curves and the vertical height mixed with the roundedness!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl Smithem

...this font is awesome!
I love it almost as much as watching New Kids on the Block with the Backstreet Boys on the AMAs last night...almost.

Thanks.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristy

Brilliant and beautiful in its simplicity. As a lefty, I never ever have had this natural handwriting with the smudging ink and all. Other "hand written" fonts are nearly always lacking for me.
Thanks!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I feel very thankful to have the new Easy Slant font. I even practiced with it already. I'm so impressed that you created it yourself. WOW! Thanks again.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa K

My love affair with letters and words, and the pictures they make, is the most successful I've had, for sure. Thanks for reminding me of the lovely moments I've shared with them and you.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjam

Oh my dear. I LOVE this. You know it is my dream in life to be a font of my very own, and, of course, it was handwriting that brought us together. Handwriting and a very creepy boy. Love you!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Love the extra dingbats! This font will be perfect in embroidery.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

Thank you for sharing this font! It's great and I love the dingbats :)

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerrie

It's very lovely. Thank you!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephane in Alaska

What a lovely font! And how totally cool to actually "know" in the sense that i read your blog a designer of a font? Thanks!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCandy from Candied Fabrics

Ms. Blazer (I'm nasty),

I remember sitting in the back seat of some kind of red sedan and finding a note that you had written laying on the floor in the neatest handwriting I had ever seen. It was perfection. If I had seen into the future and knew about DIY fonts, I would've wished that note had it's own font. And like the Nostradamus you are, you have fulfilled the prophesy.

I also see us both wearing white dresses standing in front of Cher at some kind of altar...

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney!

Ohhh lovely - can't wait to try it out!

Fab. Hope to use it soon!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternotabilia

Erm, how do I get those beautiful icons? What keystrokes do I need to make? (Font newbie, here!)

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternotabilia

Thank you so much! I love it!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Murray

thank you so much for the free font! it'd love to incorporate it into my wedding crafts and BEYOND!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclaudia

thanks for the lovely font!

December 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertracey

This is a stupid question: what are the keyboard cues for the dingbats? I can't find them in the font

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEKY

An outstanding share! I have just forwarded
this onto a colleague who had been conducting a little research on this.
And he actually ordered me dinner due to the
fact that I found it for him

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhashmi

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